Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

This exclusive v-ray for sketchup video tutorial, Alex Oliver, lead instructor at Sketchup School, provides some useful tips for the user so that they can’t omit some vital steps while rendering with v-ray for sketchup. The users always miss these vital steps and waste huge time for recreating the rendering.

The video focuses on the following crucial points :-

1. How to place the Sun in SketchUp in order that V-Ray can perfectly shine sunlight into your model
2. Guidelines for applying Groups, Components & Layers in SketchUp to transform your rendering workflow more effective in V-Ray
3. Guidelines for arranging your materials to simplify them to perform with in V-Ray
4. The variation in how V-Ray renders details, and why it is necessary to add more of them in SketchUp to improve the quality renderings remarkably.
5. How to maximize your polygon count in SketchUp for rapid, superior quality renderings in V-Ray.

The first important step is to ensure your model is render-ready. Render-ready checklists comprise of the following five important steps :-

a. Orient your model
b. Optimize Your File
c. Arrange your materials
d. Include realistic details
e. Recall your polygons

To get detail explanations about these important steps, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

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Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

In this sketchup tutorial video, the demonstration is given for sketchup slicer plugin. Slicer plugin is developed by TIG.

With the Slicer Plugin for Sketchup, it is possible to cut your model into pieces. Just choose any solid object and slice it up into pieces. If any hole exists in your model, the plugin will not work. The plugin is very effective for repairing your model.

For application, just select a group of geometry and choose the axes to be sliced along together with the spacing and thickness of your slices.

Slicer facilitates the users to slice a model along the X,Y, and Z axes, together with custom axes. Export those slices to like a CNC router to develop these models in real life.

Besides, slicing your model, but if the flatten object is chosen, slicer will actually set all the different pieces it produces as components. These pieces can be exported to a CNC router if it is required to generate your objects in real life.

The extension can be downloaded from sketchUcation store.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TutorialsUp

Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

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How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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How to perform version control in sketchup with trimble connect

This exclusive sketchup video is the part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchup video tutorial, you will learn how to perform version control in sketchup with the help of Trimble Connect.

Version control means how you track diverse versions of your files as they develop.

Trimble Connect offers a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share, view project information as well as control the latest project documents, photos, drawings and 3D models via the cloud over the design, build and operate stages of a project.

To learn the entire process, go through the following video tutorial.

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Wire Bending & Routing Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Wire Bending & Routing Tool is the latest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is developed to serve different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

This plugin is used to draw wire with bending on corners and illustrate perfect length of it.

How does the plugin work ?

1. Choose lines in the model where it is required to route and draw wire
If lines remain in group – explode or edit that group.

2. Operate extension from menu – Extensions -> Wire Bending and Routing Tool

3. Fix parameters: units, wire diameter, bending radius, wire roundness parameter, bending roundness parameter

4. Press OK button

5. If you prefer, copy overall length from the report produced

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

Wire Bending & Routing Tool – The newest sketchup extension

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Some useful tips to create cut openings in your sketchup model

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with 5 different ways to cut holes and create openings in your sketchup geometry.

You will learn how to use push pool tool in sketchup to cut holes very easily and efficiently.

Next, you will learn how to apply intersect with model option to generate and eliminate faces. This options allow the users to connect cut out in different layers.

In SketchUp Make, it is possible to make the effect of a subtraction with the use of the Intersect with Model command. If Intersect with Model is used, the two shapes don’t have to be solid entities rather Intersect with Model employs a dissimilar effect if your shapes remain solids.

Then you will learn how to utilize cut components to cut openings in single thickness walls.

After that you will learn how to apply DoubleCut to cut openings in double walls.

Finally, you will learn how to employ the solid tools of sketchup pro to produce cut openings in your model.

​Watch the following video tutorial to get more clear ideas.

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Mc-F3D – The newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehous

Mario C has developed Mc-F3D. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is very effective for various industries like Architecture, Construction, Film & Stage, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Woodworking etc.

The plugin includes four new functions to the context menu (right button) to curtail the working time. The first 2 are utilized devoid of any limitations. The “Open” function needs the F3D dynamic components available on the developer’s site.

4 The new commands are included to the contextual menu (right-click) along with a toolbar.

1- Line to wall : Right-click on a line and provide the thickness and height of the wall to elevate from it.

2- Perpendicular wall : Choose a line and the face it borders, right-click and provide offset distance, thickness and length.

3- Windows : Instantly produce your windows as required. Auto naming. The dynamic component is no more required.

4- Opening : It should be utilized on F3D doors dynamic components. Right-click on the component to create the opening. Alternatively, the toolbar can also be applied.

For online demonstration, watch the following tutorial video.

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Demo of 3D Offset, the newest sketchup extension

Wisext released 3D Offset, the newest sketchup extension that is used to offset various faces at several distances. The users can now offset surfaces in 3D.

The extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016 and SketchUp 2017.

In order to apply it, just press a single button to begin the tool. Choose or deselect the faces and put the distances segregated by “-“. Get the preview the offsetted faces. Press Enter to generate them.

Now, go to window tab and click on default tray and check all the trays on the right hand side are selected.

To get more updates, go through the following link

Watch the following video tutorial to get online demonstration of the extension.

Demo of 3D Offset, the newest sketchup extension

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Using Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp

The Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp is used in SketchUp to scale or measure between the points and also it is useful to create construction lines. This construction lines are work as referral geometry in SketchUp. Users can also re-size any group or the whole model by using this Tape Measure Tool. In SketchUp, along with Tape Measure Tool, the Protractor tool and the Measurements box are allowed to model accurately different things, those are:

a. Tape Measure Tool is used to scale a distance and fix exact guide lines or points.
b. The Protocol Tool can use to scale angles and fix an exact angled guide line.
c. The Measurements box waits to accept an exact value after using any kind of tool.

Under the Tape Measure Tool the things can find are:

a. Getting Started Toolbar
b. Construction Toolbar
c. Large Tool Set Toolbar
d. Tools menu on the menu bar
e. Tools palette

How to Use Split and Join Tools in SketchUp

Split and join tools in SketchUp offer you the known applications correctly described by their names themselves. In this 3D application, LayOut Split and Join tools offer the easiest way to design a complex shape by splitting and joining. A few steps are there that help you do the needed cut and join on your design. Generally, split tool is for tearing a design apart while the joining tool joins one or more shapes together.

Steps to follow for splitting a line or a shape:

• Select the Split tool by selecting tools > split.
• Click on the areas of lines or edges you want to split.

The splitting parts of the design can be dragged or dropped anywhere in the design. The picture below rightly presents how to use split tool for your design.

The best thing is that you can use both Split and Join tools together to design a complex shape. If you want to use the tool in the best way, you have to go to the core and learn the basic part of this application.

Follow the steps if you want to join two or more shapes together:

• Use the Select tool to drag the shapes and drop them so that they overlap each other. As it is shown in the Figure 1 (Callout 1).
• Click the Split tool.
• For Shared Vertex, you need to click on every overlap points. On hovering over the split cursor over these points, a red X and an Intersection ToolTIP will appear.

• Use the erase tool to delete the unnecessary part of your design before giving your model a final touch.
• Click the join tool to glue the split part to make a complete model.
• Click on edge of each piece when the Join tool cursor is active. The color fills in the shape with every click. The fill color will be the color of the shape you click first. See Callout 4.

The Split tool has many applications in our SketchUp design. Bending is another thing that is a popular feature for designers. Bending defines the curves of your design instead of the split points. For designing different complex structures, bending will prove a great tool. LayOut Path Editor is the tool that you need to bend the lines and shapes in SketchUp.


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